Synopses & Reviews
and#8220;Slept. Scratched. Slept.and#8221; Indeed, it seems like Christmas will be just another day for the wombat . . . until she smells carrots! In this charming picture book, the star of Diary of a Wombat goes head to head with Santaand#8217;s reindeer in competition for carrotsand#8212;and wins. Then, as an accidental stowaway on Santa's sleigh, she learns that carrots are internationally available. No wonder she isn't hungry for treats on Christmas morning! Engaging illustrations delightfully complement the spare text in this unique, wombatand#8217;s-eye view of a favorite holiday.
"The story and the illustrations are both enchanting and endearing."and#8212;The New York Times Book Review
"Utterly universal. Readers will empathize with the lovable Wombat's sadness and ultimate joy."and#8212;Family Life
"Take[s] a playful approach to Christmas and its pleasures are infectious."and#8212;Publishers Weekly
"Delightfully comical, providing a satisfying story that will appeal to the whole family, from toddlers through adults."
and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"French provides Whatley with bare-bones scaffolding on which to build comic moments of Wombat munching, napping, and tussling with reindeer."
"Charming and slight, the humor shines through the spare text and Whatley's expressive paintings of the lazy wombat."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"Succinct sentences and episodic pacing allow Wombat's adventures to speak for themselves."
"Jackie French's succinct narration works charmingly with Bruce Whatley's depictions of the myopic, carrot-loving quadruped that accidentally stows himself on Santa's sled."
and#8212;Wall Street Journal
Wombat loves everything about Christmas--especially the Nativity play. But at the auditions, the first part goes to someone else. So does the next. And the next . . . Will there be a part left for Wombat? "Embodies a refreshing all-for-one Christmas spirit. . . . Its pleasures are infectious."--Publishers Weekly
(starred review) "Delicious humor. . . . A delight to read and share."--School Library Journal
Wombat loves everything about Christmas--especially the Nativity play. But at the auditions, the first part goes to someone else. So does the next. And the next . . . Will there be a part left for Wombat? Embodies a refreshing all-for-one Christmas spirit. . . . Its pleasures are infectious.--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Delicious humor. . . . A delight to read and share.--School Library Journal (starred review)
Christmas from a wombatand#8217;s point of view, including competition for the carrots children have left out for Santaand#8217;s reindeer,and#160;and guess who gets stuck in the chimney?
About the Author
MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,andnbsp;Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.KERRY ARGENT has illustrated many celebrated picture books, including Sleepy Bears and Wombat Divine by Mem Fox. She lives in Queensland, Australia.